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Successful lung transplantation for adolescents at a hospital for adults

Monica C Robotin
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (7): 430-431.
Published online: 7 April 2008

To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Morton et al, summarising their impressive results of lung transplantation in adolescents treated in an adult hospital.1 The authors state they “do not have an exclusion policy for patients suitable for LTx [lung transplantation] based on age or size criteria alone”, and refer small or very young children to overseas units. The accompanying editorial by Snell et al comments that a paediatric transplant unit would have too low a caseload (four to eight transplants per year) to ensure they deliver good results.2 I agree that large-volume units are desirable, yet of the 158 centres reporting adult lung transplantation to the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 59% averaged fewer than 10 lung transplants a year.3

  • Monica C Robotin1,2

  • 1 Department of the Chief Executive Officer, The Cancer Council NSW, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: monicar@nswcc.org.au

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